satire

New Erotica for Feminists Named a Best Comedy Book of 2018 by Vulture! by Caitlin Kunkel

WOW A LOT HAS HAPPENED! All the book press can be found on the book site here, but this was so major for us - we’re number 4 with a LOT of people we respect on this great list!

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The Belladonna is the new Onion, a combination humor/fake news/lifestyle parody site from a sharp, female and/or feminist point of view that delivers precise, critical blows to toxic masculinity, the dumbass patriarchy, and dumbassery in general. In that spirit, Belladonna editors Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, and Carrie Wittmer wrote a piece for McSweeney’s that rightfully went viral for its relatability and hilarity: “New Erotica for Feminists,” in which women’s constantly unfulfilled wish for equality and decency and to not be treated like sex objects is expressed via short erotic stories, like a paragraph from a romance novel, or a letter to Penthouse. Well, they turned the idea into a whole book of inspiring and vital “erotica.” For example, when Juliet dumps Romeo because their relationship is clearly toxic, or a fantasy about Tom Hardy filling one’s fridge with LaCroix and then playing with a rescue dog.
— https://www.vulture.com/2018/12/best-comedy-books-2018.html

Great Write Up on New Erotica for Feminists in Johns Hopkins Magazine by Caitlin Kunkel

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Beyond the excellent title, which I want on my gravestone, this piece by Bret McCabe hits on a lot of what we are trying to do with this book. I especially liked this excerpt:

New Erotica for Feminists operates in a similarly heady, if less autobiographical, register as Nanette, the Netflix special in which Tasmanian comedian Hannah Gadsby dissects the form and content of standup comedy to burn a hole through the dismissive, misogynistic, and abusive cultural attitudes that underlie certain jokes. Kunkel and her co-authors are taking a genre—that niche of ostensibly sexually arousing material—and using humor to spotlight the political and cultural norms that prop it up. It’s not the preposterous scenarios of erotica—those ridiculous encounters from a guy’s perspective involving a co-worker, a delivery man, a plumber, whatever, that lead to sex—that are problematic. Everything that centers heteronormative maleness at the expense of everybody else is.

I'm Co-Teaching a Humor/Satire Bootcamp in August in NYC! by Caitlin Kunkel

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Along with the great Elissa Bassist, the editor of Funny Women on The Rumpus, I'm teaching a humor/satire bootcamp at Catapult in NY.

You'll learn how to write literary humor for 90 minutes with Elissa, than you'll learn how to write topical satire with me for 90 minutes, then we all hang out and do a Q & A  for an hour! Catapult is a wonderful place to work and teach, and I met awesome writers the last time I taught this class.

The Belladonna Editors Featured in The Writer Magazine! by Caitlin Kunkel

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The Belladonna Editors are so proud to be featured in the June edition of The Writer Magazine as one of the "Gatekeepers of Contemporary American Humor!"

You can buy the issue in print or access it through The Writer's app now. We're featured alongside the editors for McSweeney's, The New Yorker, Weekly Humorist, Robot Butt, and Splitsider - so good company!

NEW EROTICA FOR FEMINISTS: THE BOOK! by Caitlin Kunkel

I'm unbelievably excited and proud to announce that my first satirical book, co-written with the other Belladonna editors Carrie Wittmer, Brooke Preston, and Fiona Taylor, is going to be published this fall!!

An expanded version of our viral McSweeney's piece (which you can read here), the book will be published by Dutton/Plume (imprints of Penguin Random House) in the US, and by Sceptre (an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton) in the UK in NOVEMBER 2018!

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Fall Satire Class at Magnet Theater in NY! by Caitlin Kunkel

I'll be teaching a six-week introduction to writing satire course at Magnet Theater in New York on Tuesdays this fall, starting September 12th.

Students from the first term have gone on to publish several of the pieces written in the class - check out this one that made it onto McSweeney's!

We focus on brainstorming techniques, forming a point of view, and learning different forms. You'll leave the class with three rewritten pieces, as well as info on submitting to different outlets.

I had a GREAT time the first time I taught this course over the summer - come join me this term!

One-Day Workshop at Washington Improv Theater! by Caitlin Kunkel

On September 23rd, I'll be teaching a "Satire Starter Pack" Workshop at Washington Improv Theater in D.C. It's from 12:30-3:30pm.

"Got opinions? Mad about something? Do you have a person or institution in power you want to criticize? Get it all out through writing satire! In this three-hour intro workshop, you’ll learn brainstorming techniques, how to form a comedic premise, and how to sculpt your point of view and personal voice as a satirical writer. Students will go through the brainstorming process as a group and workshop titles and ideas for future pieces by the end of the class.

The goal is to give you tools to be able to continue to write different pieces for different sites after the class. We will discuss forms used on sites like McSweeney’s and The New Yorker. No prerequisites required"

Would love to see D.C. people there! Let's write some political satire, huh?